Volume 22, Issue 1 _________________________________Bible Prophecy Ministry

The Great Falling Away. . .Page 3

      II Timothy 3:13 states that mankind has embarked upon a course of devolution, rather than evolutionary enlightenment and progression.

      But evil men shall and seducers shall wax worse and worse deceiving and being deceived.

      The condition of the church in the end of the age would also suffer like consequences. Verse five in this chapter indicts the church as having a mere form of Godliness, but denying the power of God. It has ever increasing learning at its disposal, but is incapable of discerning the real knowledge of truth. This paradox is the direct result of its abandonment of the basic Biblical precepts. It has become a church of self pride, having lost its first love.

      II Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the Last Days perilous times shall come:

      Verse 8 of this chapter further indicts the Fallen church as resisting the truth, becoming a people with corrupt minds, reprobate; undiscerning true doctrine!

      Therefore, recognizing the perils that the Mystery of Iniquity would unleash against the last days church God admonishes his preachers to do the following:

      II Timothy 4:2 Preach the Word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and Doctrine.

      Pastors are admonished to preach the word, at all times, in every season, year after year. Churches are advised to adhere to doctrine, and confront any other gospel. The command to be instant, means to quickly oppose the spread of false doctrine. The reason that the directives of, reprove, rebuke, and exhort are here presented in this dissertation on the last days church is because the Lord knew that the mystery of iniquity would seek to corrupt the church; as the great signal of Israel's rebirth began a countdown of God's clock. Furthermore, in verse 5 of this chapter, ministers are admonished to make full proof of their ministry.

      These guidelines were directed for the intention of helping to safeguard the church from the onslaught of iniquity, which if allowed to fester, would in time lead to the condition, of the people following after their own lusts and wishes, even preferring teachers that would passify their prideful state, even to the extreme that they revel in false doctrines, despising the actual truth, and therefore becoming engulfed by the foolishness of Fables!

      A fable is a fanciful tale of legend and myth, that may convey an ideal, but it is based on falsehoods! This is what the Gospel is reduced to when the very word of God himself is brought into disrepute by its very own constituents inside the church.

      Christians should be well-grounded enough in the Word to be able to avoid the indoctrination of subtle deceptiveness, and continue growing in the word to be able to efficiently function in this evil world.

      Ephesians 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.

      Notice the implicit indication that deceivers many times will lie in wait, in anticipation of gaining a subtle entryway. Lying in wait denotes entrapment! It ought never to be lost in the Christian mind that growth in the word is essential to sustaining his individual spiritual discernment!

      Psalms 119:89 says: Forever, O Lord, thy word is settled in Heaven.

      If it is settled there, why doubt it on earth? Why consider compromise, or tolerance? If the word is all settled in Heaven, why can't it be defended here?

      Ephesians 6:14 instructs all Christians to girt up his loins with the truth and to employ the protection of righteousness for the specific reason that we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against spiritual liars in high places. This indicates again that the mystery of iniquity would be a persistent adversary, not only of each Christian, but also of the church.

      I Timothy 4:13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to Doctrine!

      The command from Luke 19:13 rings loudly from Jesus in the first century all the way to the church of today, "Occupy Till I Come"!

      The usage of the terminology of occupy means to hold on, to continue engaging the enemy, and persist with endurance, until the Savior comes. The church cannot win the war, but we are on the winning side!

      In these closing days of the 20th century, it quite often seems that the church is merely trying to hold on while the Devil is running wild, and having his way. I think that is the reason the Lord used that term, "Occupy" till I come"! The church is charged with the task of being a restrainer, and holding fast to the faith, until He does indeed come.

      The epistles of John issues the hopeful clarion call of exhortation to all believers, to take hope, recalling that while antichrists shall come and go, and that a Last Days Antichrist will appear in the last day, lurking over its shoulder, there is no need to fear if we stand firm in the doctrine of Christ.

      The apostasy alluded to here under the Antichrist is a culmination of the apostasy which characterizes the Fallen Away condition of the last days church, It centers around a man claiming that he is in fact God. The radical departure from the true faith is evidence that this ultimate faker is on the horizon of time.

      The Laodicean character of apostasy prevalent in our 20th century church, when viewed from the light of scripture concerning the end of the church age; seems to draw a clear parallel to the revelation that one should anticipate immediately prior to Rapture.

      The scriptures that I have utilized in this article reflect that there is a nearly completed progression of fulfilled prophecy in the church itself to suggest that the Falling Away condition of today’s church is primed to be included into the Apostate Church of the post rapture era.

      That church is seen in Revelation 13!

      The apostate condition of that great whore church known as Mystery Babylon, needed as its prerequisite, the foundational stones laid by the church of the the Great Falling Away period!

      In Matthew 14:24 there is presented the picture of Jesus disciples in the storm tossed ship upon the sea of Galilee. Today’s church is very much like that ship in the stormy sea.

      The restless, relentless and windswept waters of the sea aptly portray the worlds uneasiness with the true Gospel of Christ, while the violent waves crashing into the ship personify the worlds violent attitude toward the church of Jesus Christ.

      The ship containing the disciples within its shield of cover, serves as a symbol of the church. It is in the sea, but not an actual portion of the sea. It gets tossed to and fro, it is even battered by every crashing wave of this world. The mighty winds that aggravate the sea, causing it to rise up and assault the ship are spewed forth by the prince of this world. He is energetically attempting to blow the ship of the church off course in today’s world.

      Meanwhile, the call to occupy remains the church's battle cry. As long as the church maintains its faith in the doctrines of Christ, it cannot be driven away from its charted course.

      As Christians, we in like manner as Peter venture out onto the water, and try to walk erect upon the sea, till we become overwhelmed by the tossing sea, and loose sight of the truth of Jesus word.

      The church of the 20th century is no longer sailing upon the sea with a destination in mind. In far too many instances it has either abandoned the ship, or it is simply riding out the rolling waves, traveling along wherever the storms of wind might take it.

      The stage is now set for a powerful demonstration of God's love and judgement. He will soon extend his hand down once again to snatch ( rapture ) us out of the storm tossed billows, and set us down in a land where there shall be no more wind, and no more storm.

      As the 21st century dawns, I believe it also brings the reverberating sound of an echo, the sound from a distant trumpet, signifying the final days to the climactic era of the church age.

      I myself have been a Christian, and thus a member of that old embattled ship, the church, for 42 years. Sometimes it seems to me like it is a ship that is about to sink, but always, I find myself looking up, up toward Jesus, and realize that he is the real Captain of this ship, and not anyone else.

      And too, I am reminded that this world is not my real home, I really am just passing through. My treasures are already laid up somewhere beyond the blue. And also too, that the Captain of the ship is coming, and will appear before the storm can overtake us.

      To my fellow Christians, we may take heart amidst this old, old stormy battle the church is engaged in. We may rightfully assume that even if the entire world unites in its opposition to Christ, and we are left standing totally alone, abandoned without any comrades in arms; that Jesus will still be returning just to evacuate us.

      And remember, we are only a mere twinkling of the eye away from being presented before God, as a part of the spotless, faithful bride of Christ!


Darrell G. Young

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